Louisiana Jump$tart partners will be at Baton Rouge Community College and University of Louisiana at Lafayette to share important money management tips for students and their parents.
Louisiana’s sixth annual College Goal Sunday will be held on February 24, 2013, from 2-4 p.m. at thirteen locations around the state. The purpose of College Goal Sunday is to provide students and their families with free professional assistance in completing the primary student financial aid form, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Completing the FAFSA is the first step to take in order to receive most forms of federal student aid including Pell grants, low-interest federal student loans and to participate in the federal Work Study program. In addition, several state student financial aid programs, including the Taylor Opportunity Program for Students (TOPS) scholarship program and the Louisiana Go Grant need-based aid program, require completion of the FAFSA in order to qualify and access funds.
College Goal Sunday is a national program designed to help students navigate the paperwork barriers that stand between them and the money they need to attend college. Completing the form correctly with detailed income, tax and other information can be a difficult task. On College Goal Sunday, financial aid professionals from Louisiana colleges and universities will be on hand to provide free line-by-line assistance.
Louisiana Jump$tart partners will be sharing a “Game Plan for Your Financial Future” with participants. A “Jump$tart Playbook” will be available that includes information on budgeting, predatory lending, credit card debt, the talk parents must have with students on who pays for what and what’s expected with money and spending. Four 15-minute lessons will be presented on these topics: Avoiding the Blitz – crash course to plan financial future; Making the Choice – 2 and 4 year, Transfer Degree Guarantees; Financial Aid Research; and Budgeting, Saving and Payday. We will be at the Baton Rouge Community College location in Baton Rouge and at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette location in Lafayette.
Anyone, from a soon-to-be high school graduate to a returning adult student, who is planning to attend any post-secondary institution that participates in the Federal Title IV Aid programs during the 2013-2014 academic year can benefit from attendance. This includes public, private, technical, community, proprietary and career colleges.
Pre-registration for the event is encouraged to ensure that each site has the resources needed to assist all participants. To do so, log on to http://www.osfa.la.gov/CollegeGoalSunday.shtml, any time after January 18, 2013. The Web site will also provide detailed information including specific records and documentation that participants will need to bring to the event.
College Goal Sunday Louisiana is sponsored by the Louisiana Association of Financial Aid Administrators (LASFAA) and the Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance (LOSFA) with assistance from the Louisiana Gear-Up and Trio programs and the Louisiana Department of Education.